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Prosecutors to seek $10m a year to resolve drug cases

County district attorneys will ask the Patrick administration for about $10 million a year so they can hire prosecutors, inves­tigators, and support staff necessary to deal with the thousands of criminal cases that must be reviewed following the state drug lab scandal, according to several law enforcement officials who were briefed on the budget plans.

Prosecutors and the defense bar agree that unraveling the scandal, linked to former chemist Annie Dookhan, in courthouses across the state will take years to complete, meaning that prosecutors alone may need upward of $50 million if their work takes five years to finish, the officials said. It is the first detailed estimate of legal costs linked to the evidence tampering.

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